PALAU ROAD PROJECT TARGETS GROWTH

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR (Palau Horizon, July 6) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Elechui-Ngchemiangel in Aimeliik State, Palau, to commence the $641,000 road construction project.

Speaking on behalf of President Tommy Remengesau, Minister of Resources and Development Fritz Koshiba said in his remarks that the project is part of the Aimeliik economic stimulus package introduced by the Remengesau administration.

The road project is a 1,500-foot long road which would connect the old Elechui dirt road to the Nekken-Ngchemiangel main road. The project was funded through a grant from Taiwan.

Construction started July 1 and scheduled completion date is April 30, 2005, Koshiba said.

"The economic stimulus package is created to work closely with state governments’ leadership to identify priorities especially in the area of capitol improvement project programs," Koshiba told Horizon.

The ceremony was also attended by Taiwan ambassador Clark Chen to Palau, Aimeliik Gov. Demei Obak, and other officials.

"We’re very fortunate that through the country’s close relationship with the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the country, through Ambassador Chen, supports the Republic’s program to develop its infrastructure," Koshiba said.

Koshiba is seeking the cooperation of the people in Aimeliik for the completion of the project.

"On behalf of the president, I requested the full support from the leadership and people of Aimeliik for their cooperation to see that the project is carried as scheduled," Koshiba said during the ceremony.

The ceremony also included the signing of notice to proceed by Bureau of Public Works director Masasinge Arurang, the contracting officer and a representative of Surangel and Sons Co., the project’s contractor.

July 6, 2004

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